Yosemite Private Photography Workshop

Yosemite Winter private photography workshop with Jansen Photo Expeditions

Our Yosemite Private Photography Workshop brings you to the most beautiful iconic scenes in Yosemite Valley.

Not many people get to experience this beautiful park in a private setting. It’s at its most spectacular. We can take you there and bring you to the most amazing vistas that you can’t experience doing the normal tourist routes.


This workshop is only available for a private option


Dates open for Winter, Spring and Fall 2018

2 – 3 Day Private Yosemite Workshop

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Please Inquire about longer workshops 

If you have questions you can call us at (805) 701-8807 or email us at [email protected]
All workshops are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.
Please protect yourself for any unforeseen cancellations with affordable travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider for Travel Guard.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Accommodations are extremely limited in Yosemite Valley this time of year. Signing up early and securing your  lodging in early, not outside the valley is essential to attend. You also are required to have tire chains with you for winter driving.

Click:”Lodging” to secure your room at this perferred location!

Private Photography workshops in Yosemite Valley, Jansen Photo Expeditions

Yosemite Valley is a mystical place in winter.  You’ll be amazed by the crystalline ice forms on Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls as they take on winter’s beauty in their own special way. Wildlife quietly moves through the valley. Winter’s snow and ice offers unique valley compositions, as well as quiet and solitude you’ll not find any other time of year.

Suggested Itinerary for Yosemite Winter Photography Private Workshop
(Times and locations may vary due to conditions)

El Capitan in Winter during our private Yosemite Valley Photography Workshop, Jansen Photo Expeditions
Day 1

We will meet at just before sunrise to shoot the sun coming up over Half Dome in the meadow. We will proceed to walk the meadow trials, seeking out reflections, aspen trees, and vistas of distant Yosemite Falls in its icy beauty. We’ll seek out the early morning light as it resonates off the mountains and meadows. After a full morning, we will break for mid-day.

We will gather for late afternoon shooting at our Sunset meeting location. Later, we will gather to discuss the day’s shooting and review images with optional Lightroom and Photoshop editing sessions.


Day 2

We’ll explore various elements of macro and landscape photography and venture out and shoot along the beaches of Merced River.  This area of the valley remains in the shadows most of the day and is great for macro and moving water compositions. After that, we will walk down the river trail to shoot water compositions along the way.

We will break at 11:00 am and rest up for our next afternoon photo shoot. In the afternoon, we will meet once again and caravan to our late afternoon location.  We will meet afterward in the Mountain View Room Bar and discuss the day’s shooting and review images as time and energy allow.


Yosemite Private Photography WorkshopDay 3

We will meet at again at sunrise and we will spend the morning working compositions with the some of Yosemite’s most beautiful waterfalls as a backdrop.  Afterwards, we’ll caravan throughout the valley and closely explore various locations. We will be stopping frequently venturing out to various waterfalls and water locations throughout the morning. We take a break at mid-day and gather again to prepare for our late afternoon shoot.  Image review and discussion afterward in the Yosemite Lodge Mountain Room if time and energy allow.



Yosemite winter photography Workshop l Jansen Photo ExpeditionsJansen Photo Expeditions is fully permitted by the National Park Service and insured to conduct photography workshops within Yosemite National Park.



We hope you can join us!  
For a little more inspiration and information about this trip, read our recent blog about our experiences there last winter.




Yosemite Winter Photography Workshop, Jansen Photo Expeditions

Topics Covered in the Yosemite Photography workshop

• Storytelling in photography

• Waiting for the right moment to shoot
• Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
• How to get the most creative exposure
• Discussions on getting the correct exposure
• How to fine-tune exposure and use of histograms
• Depth of field
• White balance settings for changing environments
• Learning how to create dynamic compositions
• Composition balance and flow


Suggested Camera Gear List

– Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera
– Wide-angle and Telephoto lenses are essential and whatever lenses you like (16mm-200mm recommended, Fast aperture lenses recommended for night photography workshops 1.4 to 2.8)
– Memory cards. (Enough to meet your shooting demands)
– A Hot shoe bubble level. (unless your camera has this option built-in)
– A Neutral Density Filter, to fit your widest lens. (3 stop, ND8 or Variable)
– A Polarizer filter.
– At least 3 fully charged batteries.
– A Shutter cable release, if you don’t use live view.
– A good sturdy tripod that you can lower to the ground if necessary.( Adjustable Ball head preferred)
– A small headlamp with fresh batteries
– A small collapsible cheap umbrella (Winter)
– A couple of small and large Zip-Loc bags
– A compact digital camera (Just for back-up)

Redwood trees in Yosemite Valley during our Winter photography workshop, Jansen Photo Expeditions

Included in Yosemite Winter Photography workshop

• Quality One on one photographic instruction geared to your level of expertise
• Minimum 6 hours per day of in-field shooting experience and instruction
• Interactive learning environment with two experienced instructors
• Photoshop and Lightroom sessions if time allows
• Portfolio Review – Bring your 5 best shots

Transportation, meals and lodging are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Contact us  to book your private Yosemite Workshop.




Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration.
Please protect yourself from any unforeseen cancellations with affordable travel insurance.
We are a recognized provider of Travel Guard.

Jansen Photo Expeditions is a fully certified CPR AED safety outfitter and is licensed to Operate Yosemite Photography Workshops under Special Use Authorization issued by the Office of Special Park Uses, Yosemite National Park, El Portal California.